Manufacturing News of Note: January 2017
Okuma showcases IIoT-enabled technologies, a large welding machine is getting developed for lightweighting R&D, and other industry news.
Attendees at Okuma’s 2016 Technology Showcase watch a machine demonstration.
Okuma America Corp. hosted more than 400 customers, partners and distributors at its annual 2016 Technology Showcase December 6-7, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The theme of the event, “Get Connected. Put IIoT to Work for You,” included learning sessions about connecting the CNC machine shop floor and using real-time data to empower decision makers. Attendees experienced viewing immediate machine status, specs and real-time cutting video of multiple machines located at the Partners in THINC facility and Okuma headquarters.
Real-time data enhances the manufacturing process and improves workflow and productivity, the company says. These benefits raise efficiencies, expand manufacturing capabilities and increase profits.
Participants at the event also viewed cutting demonstrations on more than 20 machine tools and were educated on other technologies such as… Go to full Okuma news article.
Here is more news to note:
- Largest Linear Friction Welding Machine in North America Under Development – The LF35-75 is being developed by MTI for lightweight metals R&D projects in Detroit, Michigan. Read more.
- Makino Releases Schedule of Online Seminars for First Quarter of 2017 – The seminars cover five-axis machining, customer service tools and CNC interface. Read more.
- ONA Electroerosion Acquires U.S. EDM Manufacturer – AAEDM is a smaller OEM that makes machines for micro-hole machining. Read more.
- Heidenhain Launches Touch Probe Rapid Repair Service Program – The program is intended to cut turnaround for certain probe assemblies. Read more.
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.
While OPC UA and MTConnect are both http-based protocols, there are differences between them, and each is best used in differing scenarios.
An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.